Resorts have a variety of holiday plans
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VERMONT- Spending time in Vermont during the holidays is as majestic as it sounds. Snow covers the mountains and pines, fireplaces glow, delicious smells come from kitchen stoves, and holiday cheer is abundant. Vermont ski and snowboard resorts want to share their holiday cheer with their visitors by offering entertaining activities to keep families celebrating.

Thanksgiving weekend at Mount Snow is stuffed with fun events including the free Turkey Hangover Hill Climb on Friday, November 29, with three course lengths for all ability levels. Silly costumes are encouraged. On Saturday, November 30, enjoy a huge fireworks display and, conditions permitting, a torchlight parade followed by a visit from Santa. Saturday, December 28, will feature another huge torchlight parade and fireworks display to celebrate the season. Then on Monday, December 30, is the Grommet Jam #1 for kids age 12 and under to get some freestyle coaching in the morning followed by a friendly terrain park competition in the afternoon.

Winter kicks off with enticing ways to ski, ride, and save at Stratton including the popular Kids Ski and Stay Free package, along with an invitation to share the love. Introduce a friend to the sport of skiing or riding; you get a one-day all-mountain ticket and your friend gets a learning park lift ticket, one beginner lesson, and ski rental, all for only $49 from opening through December 20. Available online http://ticketsale.stratton.com/#extras.

Make it a Thanksgiving tradition with fresh tracks and cool events including the Gobble Gobble Wobble 5K, Village Rail Jam and a gala fireworks kickoff to the 2013-14 season. Celebrate the holidays and ring in the new year with a Stratton Mountain ski and snowboard getaway that is packed with events, entertainment, and activities for the whole family from full moon snowshoe hikes to dogsledding, snowmobiling, and fast-paced snowtubing under the lights.

For the first time ever, Magic Mountain plans to open southern Vermont’s original snow tubing park by Thanksgiving weekend, along with its base beginner area. Magic will make more snow than ever before with the addition of new West Side snowmaking terrain and new HKD mobile tower guns.

With a planned top-of-the-mountain opening on December 13, a winter kickoff concert on December 21 with Twiddle, and a New Year’s Eve fireworks bash, Magic is ready for a snowy Christmas week. Make walk-to-slopes reservations at the Upper Pass Lodge or Blue Gentian Inn and hurry for the lowest holiday ticket prices around at www.magicmtn.com.

Okemo Mountain Resort has decked the halls for the holidays. The weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas are full of family traditions, and with lodging rates set to “Super Value” prices, savvy skiers and riders include Okemo in those holiday customs. It’s also a great time to demo new equipment so Santa can update his list. Demos are available every day in Okemo’s Snowsports Shops and on December 14, Okemo hosts its annual Super Demo. This event is free and open to the public and features top brands from a variety of ski, snowboard and snowshoe manufacturers. Call (802) 228-1600 for more information.

Sugarbush hosts numerous fun activities for the whole family through the holidays. Don’t miss The Big Kicker, the winter kickoff party complete with films, freestyle expos, food, presentations, and more. The annual Taste of Timbers event takes place on December 9 where you can sample locally inspired foods prepared by our culinary team. Christmas week, enjoy everything from culinary demonstrations and cookie decorating to dog sled demonstrations and family fun nights with street performers. Be sure to enjoy the torchlight parade and fireworks display on New Years Eve, as well as a dog parade earlier in the day.

On Sunday, December 15, skiers and riders who arrive at Bolton Valley dressed head to toe in official Kris Kringle attire will ski and ride free that day. This challenge is not for the faint of heart—a red hat won’t cut it. Guests must be dressed in the complete Santa package to earn the free lift ticket. Then the festivities continue into the holiday week, December 26 through January 1 with free special events for the whole family. Snowshoe tours, bonfires with hot chocolate, ice cream socials and more. All leading up to the holiday week showstopper: New Years Eve Torchlight Parade and Fireworks. Visit boltonvalley.com for details.

Take everything you don’t like about holiday lift ticket lines and make that easy. As easy as walking from the car directly to the lift and going skiing. That’s the ByPass at Stowe Mountain Resort. Simply register for an Evolution Stowe Card online, then go directly to the lift. Add to that instantaneous savings by automatically paying the discounted ByPass rate, even during the holidays, the first time a card is scanned at the lift each day. The Evolution Stowe Card has replaced traditional tickets, using RFID technology for optimum convenience and value throughout Stowe Mountain Resort.

Celebrating the holiday season at Smugglers Notch Resort creates memories that will last a lifetime. Excitement builds as Santa’s elves visit guest condominiums for bedtime tuck-ins and stories for young children a few days before Christmas. Santa arrives on December 24 to receive children’s final wish lists, as families sing carols and enjoy treats.

The holidays up at Jay Peak start and end on a musical note with plenty to do in between. Hot Tuna plays the resort’s opening weekend with a show in the Foeger Ballroom on November 30. On December 14, the resort hosts the Troops Ski and Ride Free Day. Stateside, the most “historic” area of the resort, enters the 21st century when the new Stateside hotel and base lodge has its grand opening bash on December 20, complete with a live performance from the Grift. And on January 4, Rusted Root plays the Foeger Ballroom.

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